Butch Jones, courtesy UT Sports
By STEVE MEGARGEE / AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee is treating Western Kentucky as if it's a Southeastern Conference opponent instead of a Sun Belt team.
The Volunteers insist they'll resist the temptation to look past Saturday's game against Western Kentucky with trips to No. 3 Oregon and No. 10 Florida looming in the next couple of weeks. They know Western Kentucky and Hilltoppers coach Bobby Petrino too well.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones says the Hilltoppers "have SEC talent."
They also have a former SEC coach who knows how to beat teams in the nation's toughest conference.
Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino went 34-17 at Arkansas from 2008-11 and was 21-5 over his last two seasons. Petrino took over Western Kentucky's program in December and beat SEC program Kentucky 35-26 in his debut as the Hilltoppers' coach.